An accountant turned stand-up comic, Bob Newhart, was born just outside of Chicago during the Great Depression.

Newhart is famous for his stammering style of delivering his bits, and it is not an act. 

As a bashful youngster with a sardonic wit, that was just how he spoke.

Following his service in the Army, Newhart worked as an accountant — although one who struggled with numbers.

"If I had been with Enron, they would still be in business," joked Newhart about his tenure as an accountant.

After he figured out his accounting principles were not sound and that he was just not cut out for it, Newhart decided to pursue comedy.

Bob Newhart With Conan O'Brian And Jimmy Kimmel

Bob Newhart With Conan O'Brian And Jimmy Kimmel (Source: Newhart's Instagram)

Even though he did not invent stand-up comedy, Newhart can certainly lay claim to pioneering the modern industry of the comedy special.

He is a comic whose failure turned into success. In 1960, he made it huge. The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart, his debut album, won three Grammys, including a surprise: Best Album.

In the 1970s, Newhart starred as Chicago psychologist Robert Hartley in The Bob Newhart Show and then as Vermont innkeeper Dick Loudon in the 1980s sitcom Newhart.

Is Bob Newhart Still Alive?

Newhart’s dad lived till the age of 85, and his mother till the age of 94.

Perhaps that gives away the answer to the question, "is Bob Newhart still alive?"

And, perhaps that is the reason Newhart is very alive and in good health.

The comedian only recently turned to a staggering age of 92, thanks to his genes, on September 5, 2021.

"I have this theory that when it's all over, for death, and you go up I've been led to believe in heaven and that there's a God and he says, 'What did you do?' And I say, 'I made people laugh.' 'Yeah, get in that real short line over there.'" said Newhart in an interview with CBS News.

He has a thing or two to say about death. He said that he wasn't sure what was on the other side of life or if people came back to it after death.

However, the The Button-Down Mind Strikes Back artist is looking forward to waking up in heaven after he passes away. 

Bob Newhart on Health and Relationship

When asked about his marriage, which lasted for more than 58 years, Newhart credited laughter as the secret sauce for keeping his relationship in good health. “If you can laugh you can get through it,” he said to the New York Times reporter.

Newhart is a true family man. After all the accolades and honors he has received, Newhart still believes that it’s all about friends and family in the end.

In fact, according to him, his only regret is that he didn’t get married to his wife, Ginny, earlier.

He wishes there was someone with him when his first record came out and hit number one. Newhart was short of money at the time and therefore couldn’t get married.

When he lost some of his close friends, Newhart realized that it was time he spent even more time with family.

One of his sisters, Mary Joan, passed away, due to health concerns, in 2018 just a couple of days short of making it to 90.

Newhart has no thoughts on hanging his boots as a comic and plans to do it for the rest of his life, as long as he is in good health.

He just rejoices in making people laugh and says that it is "in his blood."